Not all textiles are created equal so how you care for the rugs and carpets in your home matters. Before assuming area rugs can be cleaned the same way as carpet, keep in mind that area rugs require a little extra TLC that many carpets don’t.
Routine Rug Cleaning
Rugs of most materials and sizes can all typically benefit from the following basic cleaning methods.
Vacuum area rugs often.
Dirt wears down rug fibers so be sure to vacuum them weekly. Turn down the vacuum setting for shag rugs and fringe edges.
Remove pet hair from rugs.
Using a stiff brush, remove pet hair from rugs that vacuuming can’t take care of.
Rotate rugs so they wear evenly.
About every month, rotate your rugs so foot traffic isn’t only concentrated heavily in one area.
Shake out rugs weekly.
This helps remove dirt and other particles from your rugs. Remember to shake them outdoors.
Deep Rug Cleaning
Always start by checking the label on your rugs to see if there are specific care instructions. Some materials may only be spot cleaned or professionally cleaned.
If your rug can be washed and is small enough to fit in the washing machine, place it in a mesh bag then wash it on a delicate cycle and hang it to dry.
Rug Stain Removal
While the stain is still fresh, gently blot—don’t rub—the area to absorb as much of the moisture as possible. Next, try a store bought stain remover of make your own solution. Use 1 teaspoon of dishwashing detergent, 1 quart of warm water, and ¼ teaspoon of white vinegar.
Whichever stain remover you use, be sure to check the label and see if it’s safe for your rug material. Also, only use a small amount of cleaning solution at a time to avoid oversaturating the area and to avoid depositing soapy residue.
Rug Cleaning And Carpet Cleaning In Kansas City, Missouri
Both your area rugs and carpets are valuable investments that should be treated with great care. Trust us and place your precious textiles in the hands of McGeorge Brothers Chem-Dry of Kansas City! We offer the best value in rug cleaning and carpet cleaning throughout Kansas City. We use non-toxic formulas that are both gentle and powerful and give your area and oriental rugs the cleaning they deserve.